As a self-certified high-net-worth individual, or business angel Investor, Venture Giants has compiled a list of resources devoted to business angel investment and making the due diligence process that much easier and faster. These resources are especially beneficial for the business angel investor that is actively seeking to invest in new start-ups and early-stage companies. If there are any resources that you would like us to feature please email us.
Angel Investor News
The UK commercial news service for angel and early-stage companies. Signup for their fantastic news/email service.
Angel Investor News
Companies House Webcheck
It should all start here once you decide to learn more about a company! The WebCHeck service offers a searchable Company Names and Address Index free of charge which enables you to search for information on more than 1.8 million companies. The searches can be carried out on a company either by using its name or by using its unique company registration number. In addition to the free company details, you can also use WebCHeck to purchase a company’s latest accounts and annual returns as well as a selection of company reports, all online. Payment is made by credit card and all products are delivered electronically to a unique, secure download area.
According to William Payne, Senior Program Consultant at the Kauffman Foundation in the US, he summarises this tool as follows;
Created by Akira Hirai, managing director of the Phoenix office of Cayenne Consulting, this valuation calculator tool consists of twenty-five questions for establishing the pre-money valuation for high-tech, seed- (startup) and early-stage companies looking for angel or venture capital investment. It provides useful insights for entrepreneurs and investors alike.
Each question can be answered at four response levels, which measure progression from immature ventures to more developed companies and larger market opportunities. In my experience, the minimum answers required to calculate a valuation using this tool are the second level of response for all questions except one through six, eleven, eighteen, and twenty-four. Each of these requires at least a third-level response to calculate a valuation. Higher-level responses to these nine questions are very important to estimating higher valuations.
The minimum valuation I could determine with this tool was about $0.5 million and the maximum was more than $40 million (all level-four answers). Based on my experience, investing in more than forty startup companies over twenty-five years, this valuation estimator produced reasonable valuations."
Fundability and Valuation of Startups: An Angel's Perspective
An excellent article, also from William Payne, and a first hand view of an experienced angel investor when it comes to valuing startups.
British Business Angels Association
The British Business Angels Association (BBAA) is the National Trade Association for the UK’s Business Angel Networks and the early stage investment market and is backed by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formally the department of Trade and Industry).
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